Crime Museum

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575 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, USA - (202) 393-1099

Crime Museum Washington Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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National Museum of Crime & Punishment Sep 07, 2015
The National Museum of Crime & Punishment, or simply the Crime Museum, is one of the more unusual attractions in Washington, DC. It is a privately operated museum, not part of the Smithsonian complex and charges an entrance fee.

We came on a family outing on Labor Day. I must say that I was dubious going in. Would it be one shocking or lurid exhibit after another? The museum was actually quite interesting. It is very large, occupying three levels in a former office building. The exhibits on crime focus on American criminal activity from the outlaws of the old West to present-day cybercrime and theft of intellectual property. Along the way, we see Presidential assassins, mobsters of the 1920s and 1930s, serial killers and mass murderers. (Street crime and terrorism are not discussed.) Punishment begins with Medieval torture implements, but focuses on American prison history and methods of execution. Law Enforcement explains methods of crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, forensics and autopsy procedures. The exhibits are very well explained and interpreted. (Always my evaluation standard for museums.)

There are many interactive exhibits. You can be part of a police line-up and take home a fingerprint scan, too. I drove a police car simulator engaged in a pursuit. (That was fun!)

Admission booked via the web site is $18 vs. $22 in person. Photography is permitted.

The downside is that the museum is closing at its present location at the end of this September. (Something to do with the lease I gather.) It hopes to relocate and reopen in the area.
National Museum of Crime & Punishm…
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Electric Chair used by New Jersey.
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Cho says:
Congratulations on this review being featured.
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Congrats on your feature, Andy :)
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